2019 KEY SPEAKERS
2019 KEY SPEAKERS
[Why you should attend]
[Why you should attend]
Mr Stephenson Ngubane holds a qualification of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute
(ESAMI). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Honours Degree (BSc. Eng. Hons) majoring in Mechanical Engineering obtained from the University of Zimbabwe in 1985. He has served Swaziland Railway diligently for 27 years and has never worked for any other organisation since graduating from University. This is an organisation in which he currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer since July, 2013 to date. Prior to that he was holding the position of Director Operations & Marketing reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. This is a position he held for 20 years since 1993 and during this whole period, Swaziland Railway was able to realise healthy profits.
Born in Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape in 1962
Obtained a Bcom Degree from the University of Transkei in 1986
Obtained BA Honours from the Walter Sisulu University in 2016
Diploma in Business Management from Executive Education as well as a Diploma in Labour law from Idec in 1987 and 1988 respectively
Obtained leadership certificates in leading SA Academic Instititions like UCT Graduate School of Business and Wits Business School
A member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa.
Was an Executive Manager at Prasa between 1994 to 1998
General Manager at LegalWise 1998 to 2003
Director at RAMCO 2003 to 2007
Managing Director of SIMS (Pty) Ltd 2006 to 2017
Currently Managing Director of Plasser SA from January 2018.
Other Leadership Responsibilities
Deputy Chairperson of the KZN Museum Council
Member of the Funding Committee of the National Heritage Council
Served on the Board of Ansys , chairing their Remuneration Committee
A Parish Minister and a former Parish Council Member of St Michaels and All Angels, Weltevreden Park (A devout Christian).
Unashamedly ethical and proudly South African.
The Managing Director of TAZARA
Eng. Bruno Tandeo Ching’andu The Managing Director of TAZARA A holder of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, a Post-graduate Diploma in Industrial Management and Masters degree in Business Administration, Eng. Ching’andu has a wealth of experience in the railway sector, having worked for Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) for over 18 years, where he rose through the ranks from Senior Engineer to the position of Director Technical Services. Eng. Ching’andu then worked for 16 years with General Electric (GE) Transportation of the USA, the manufacturers of TAZARA’s mainline Diesel Electric locomotives.
He served GE as Regional Manager for East Africa and later as Regional Manager for Southern Africa. Eng. Ching’andu retired from GE to join Bombardier as Business Development Manager for Southern Africa, a position he held for one year before being appointed to head TAZARA.
Chief Executive Officer at Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway (Pvt.) Limited (BBR)
Thembi is the Chief Executive Officer at Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway (Pvt.) Limited (BBR) and Shareholder Representative of NLPI Limited. Mrs Moyo also hold other portfolios on the social spheres as Chairperson of Women in Agri-business in Sub-Sahara Africa Alliance (WASAA)Zimbabwe Chapter, Vice Chairperson of ANSA (SRC) judges panel and Trustee of Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union. Thembi has served in leading international organisations spearheading multimillion dollar business projects. Her working career spans well over 30 years in managerial and executive roles in commerce and industry.
Engineer Lewis Mukwada is the General Manager (CEO) of the National Railways of Zimbabwe. He holds a BSc. Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering (University of Zimbabwe), a Masters in Business Leadership(UNISA) and a MSc. in Project Management (University of Pretoria). He is a Fellow Members of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers.
Engineer Mukwada has over thirty years of railway experience, having worked in workshops, operations and corporate planning. Prior to his appointment to CEO Engineer Mukwada was the NRZ Technical Director. Within SARA Engineer Mukwada chaired the Technical committee for a number of years and currently chairs the newly formed Strategy Committee. Engineer Mukwada is married with three children.
Mr. Musonda is the Chief Executive Officer for Zambia Railways Limited and before the appointment he held various positions up to the level of Director Operations and Marketing.
Christopher also worked for Konkola Copper Mine Plc (KCM) as Logistic Director in charge of copper exports sales and imports for the mine production and processing. He also worked for SATCC as Transport Economist responsible for infrastructure and metrological sectors for the SADC region. He then moved to SADC to be responsible for infrastructure development and coordinated infrastructures projects in all transport modes and communication.
Chris Musonda holds a BA. Degree in Economics and various qualifications in transport logistics.
Norman Gombera worked for National Railways of Zimbabwe in various capacities and rose through to Business Manager, Passenger and Parcels Services. Norman left NRZ to join Manica Zimbabwe Limited in June 1998 and immediately launched unit trains of containerized tobacco trains to Durban and Beira and they were a major success during the export seasons of the years 1998 to 2005. In 2001 Norman was promoted to General Manager in charge of all container logistics terminals in Zimbabwe and in 2010 was re-assigned to head Manica Africa- Mozambique operations as Country Manager Freight Services based in Beira. In 2013 he was re-assigned again to Zimbabwe as Manica Africa Group Intermodal Executive. In February 2015 he took up the post of General Manager Operations responsible for freight clearing and forwarding logistics including warehousing in Zimbabwe.
On the academic front Norman has a BCom degree specializing in Transport Economics, and a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) degree from SBL- Unisa. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from IMM South Africa and is an Associate graduate member of the IMM of South Africa. Norman is FIATA resource person in training Company Executives and Directors in international customs clearing procedures.
Norman loves challenges and has been involved in various projects since his days at NRZ and more recently in Manica Africa (Pty) Ltd incorporating Manica Zimbabwe Limited. He is married to Tarisayi and has 5 children. In between his busy life, Norman is anavid small scale farmer. He loves travelling and is a keen soccer enthusiast.
He holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial and Administration Sciences from City University, UK, and a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Exploration (Honours) from the University of Cardiff, UK. Makwinja’s career in the management field spans over 18 years, including time as the general manager of Orapa and Letlhakane Mines.
A veteran administrator, Makwinja is a former chairman of BTCL and also sat on various companies’ boards such as BancABC. It was also under his stewardship that BTCL introduced its mobile wing beMOBILE in 2008, before driving the asset separation and privatisation of BTCL.
Johny is CEO of the Trans Namib, As CEO, he is leading the growth and development of new business along the three main corridor routes in Namibia. Mr. Smith has more than 25 years’ commercial experience in the fields of telecommunications, land and sea transportation. His relevant experience covers the aspects of business strategy, organisational development, business development, marketing and project management. He previously held various positions at Namport, Telecom Namibia as well as TransNamib.
Directeur Général de la Société Nationale des Chemins de fer du Congo (The Congolese Railways)
Le Professeur ILUNGA ILUNKAMBA est Docteur en Sciences économiques appliquées depuis 1979 et continue à dispenser des cours à l’université de Kinshasa à ce jour. Bien avant la SNCC, il a été tour à tour: Directeur de cabinet du Ministre du Plan (1979-1980); Directeur de la Coopération et des Relations Internationales au Rectorat de l’UNAZA (Université Nationale du Zaïre (1980-1981);
Vice-Ministre à l’Economie, Industrie et Commerce Extérieur (1981-1983); Vice-Ministre au Plan (1983-1984); Vice-Ministre au Portefeuille (1984-1986) ; Conseiller Principal à la Présidence de la République en matière économique et financière (1986-1987); Vice-Ministre au Plan (1987-1990); Ministre du Plan (1990); Ministre des Finances (1990-1991); Associé-gérant de la Société RETIMEX (spécialisée dans le montage des financements avec Equator Bank et dans l’Import et Export pour l’industrie des métaux non ferreux de la RDC), Cape Town, RSA (1993-2003); En 2003, il sera nommé Secrétaire Exécutif du Comité de Pilotage de la Réforme des Entreprises du Portefeuille de l’Etat (COPIREP), poste qu’il occupera jusqu’en 2014 avant d’être désigné Directeur Général de la SNCC en mars 2014.
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